Cybersecurity

States Weigh Bans on Ransomware Payoffs

The idea is that this would deter attacks because cybercriminals would know they couldn’t get paid.

Better Customer Experience a Priority for State, Local IT Post Pandemic

Experts testified before a U.S. House committee about government digital services, noting the pandemic pushed long-standing information technology issues to the forefront.

White House Official Briefed State AGs on Private-Sector Role Battling Ransomware

The deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging tech emphasized the responsibility of the private sector at home as President Biden prepares to work the White House strategy abroad.

The Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Hackers Had a Secret Weapon: Self-Promoting Cybersecurity Firms

Five months before DarkSide attacked the Colonial pipeline, two researchers discovered a way to rescue its ransomware victims. Then an antivirus company’s announcement alerted the hackers.

Report Highlights How AI Could Amplify Future Disinformation Campaigns

A Georgetown center's report assesses how artificial intelligence could sway the opinions of millions by writing "seemingly credible" and "compelling fake" news stories.

State, Local Governments Could Get $500M to Expand Cybersecurity

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced a bill this week that would create a grant program to bolster cyber defenses across the U.S.

How One City Improved Citizen Experiences and Cybersecurity in One Effort

COMMENTARY | Washington, D.C.’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs successfully adopted a single sign-on technology by following these steps.

Here’s How Much Your Personal Information is Worth to Cybercriminals – and What They Do With It

COMMENTARY | The black market for stolen personal information motivates most data breaches.

Hackers Steal Washington, D.C. Police Files, Threaten to Release Data

Ransomware threats are nothing new to local governments, but experts say this one poses significant risk to officers and ongoing investigations.

Feds Eliminate Fee for '.Gov' Web Addresses

Smaller localities in particular have said that the $400 annual cost was a barrier to adopting the government-specific URL.

Report: How State Governance Bodies Can Help Thwart Cybersecurity Attacks

The National Governors Association suggests ways that these groups can implement effective cybersecurity measures for energy infrastructure and other sectors.

How State CIOs Can Address their Top Technology Priorities

COMMENTARY | Cloud and artificial intelligence concepts allow governments to evolve their data storage strategies as needed while as-a-service solutions can move workloads to the cloud and procure connected networks more efficiently.

Single Sign-in For Government Services Expands to States, Localities

The federal government is looking to partner with state and local governments to grow its Login.gov service, which it says is secure and user friendly.

The Riskiest ‘Smart City’ Technologies, According to Cybersecurity Experts

Technology like sensors built into infrastructure and emergency alerts has possible benefits, but in a new study dozens of experts weigh in on where some of the more significant pitfalls may lie.

New Project Aims to Identify Local Government Assets at Risk of Cyberattack

The two-year pilot program was announced as state and local governments are still assessing the scope of recent widespread hacks.

Basic and No-Cost Steps Agencies Can Take to Defend Against Hackers

It’s a daunting era for state and local government cybersecurity, but agencies have some simple, and even free, options to protect their computer networks from threats.

Feds Up Share of FEMA Grants That Must Be Spent on Cybersecurity

The Department of Homeland Security is also evaluating the possibility of a new grant program to help states and localities fund cybersecurity upgrades.

Public Employees’ Use of Personal Phones, Tablets Puts Local Governments at Risk

A cybersecurity report found that 25% of state and local government employees use personal digital devices to telework while only 9% of federal employees do so.

Failed Poisoning Attempt Shows Vulnerability of Smaller Water Systems to Hackers

While cybersecurity resources can be scarce at small agencies, there are some basic steps they can take to protect themselves.